NEWTON, NJ—On Friday, September, 11 at 11:07 p.m., Rockaway Township Police Department requested the aid of Newton Police in an attempt to locate a man wanted for questioning.

Christopher M. Gonzales, 40, of Mill Street, was wanted for questioning in reference to two assaults that occurred with a tire iron at the Rockaway Mall on Thursday, September 10.

Upon arrival at 33 Mill Street, Gonzales was immediately located near the front entrance to the high rise complex by Ptl. Jose Morales. Ptl. Morales identified himself and attempted to stop Gonzales.  Gonzales fled, attempting to reach his vehicle, which was parked in the complex’s lot.

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After a brief foot pursuit, Gonzales was tackled by Ptl. Morales and handcuffed with the assistance of Sgt. Scott King and Ptl. Scott Vertetis. As a result, Gonzales was charged with obstruction of the administration of law by the Newton Police Department.

Gonzales was turned over to Rockaway Township Police Officers who additionally charged him with two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Ptl. Morales sustained abrasions to both his knees while taking Gonzales into custody. He was treated at Newton Medical Center and released. Newton Police Officers that were involved included Ptl. Jose Morales, Sgt. Scott King, and Ptl. Scott Vertetis.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.